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Why choose us

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Here are six reasons why you should pick Nottingham College to study an international course:

  1. Colleges have smaller class sizes than universities, so studying your Foundation Programme or University Level course with us means you have more personal attention and support from tutors.
  2. We have an excellent student progression record to high-ranking universities. Many students choose to apply to the University of Nottingham. Our Foundation Programmes (CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma) are accepted by most universities in the UK. For further details on progression please refer to our courses.
  3. Our Foundation Programmes are accredited by CAVA - Access to Higher Education Diplomas.
  4. Nottingham College is one of England’s largest government-funded colleges, with over 30 years experience of delivering International Foundation Programmes and has successfully helped many to achieve their dreams of gaining a place at one of the top British universities. 
  5. The college is UKVI tier 4 sponsor and accredited by the British Council for teaching English as a Foreign Language, which means students can be sure of a high standard of teaching and welfare support.
  6. Nottingham College acknowledges it has a statutory duty to safeguard and protect young people in its care. Under UK law, students under the age of 18 are considered to be children.   Parents of International students under the age of 18 can rest assure that the welfare of their child will be protected under Nottingham College’s safeguarding policy and the International Office’s accommodation policy for under 18s.  Both policies named above are available on request.

    The accommodation policy for International students under the age of 18 states that:

    all students under the age of 18 years must reside in DBS certified Homestay accommodation organised by Nottingham College.  Please note all adults aged 18 or over within the household must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Also a DBS check will be requested to other adults who spend a substantial time in the household during the student’s stay.  The College has a duty of care to these students and has overall responsibility for deciding the arrangements for their care (as described to, and agreed by their parents at the time of booking) and for ensuring that hosts know about and are conforming to these arrangements.  In exceptional circumstances, Nottingham College will allow students under the age of 18 to stay in accommodation independently organised by the parent/guardian.  In this case, Nottingham College must have written details.

    We inspect all households annually to ensure the facilities they provide comply with College guidelines. We also take the student’s preferences into account, and take care in placing students in suitable households - for example we would not usually place a female student in a household where there was a teenage boy

    We also enforce a curfew, which is a set time by which students under 18 are supposed to be home if they are going out at night, and parents’ consent is required if a student wishes to stay away from their Homestay home overnight or to go away on a short holiday with friends. So parents can be reassured we have measures in place to keep their son or daughter safe.

    Nottingham College provides a free airport pick-up and transfer service for under 18s.

    Homestay Hosts play a key role in helping to support students and are encouraged to liaise with the International Office regarding any concerns related to students’ health and wellbeing, or behaviour.  This helps us to pick up any problems quickly and support students to deal with them. The International Office comprises of a dedicated team committed to providing support, advice and guidance to all our students.  The International Welfare Officer has 19 years of experience in providing advice and support to International students on welfare issues and accommodation.       

    Important note for parents:  students are not usually supervised when travelling to and from College, and during their free time in the evening and at weekends if they choose to go out with friends. But when going out, they are required to inform their Hosts of where they are going and with whom, and of the time they intend to return. Students must also maintain contact with the Host whilst they are out. An ‘Out of Hours’ support service is provided by the International Office for Hosts or students who require help in an emergency.